How to Hide Your Facebook Friends List

Make your Friends list visible to some friends or just you

It's possible to hide your Friends list on Facebook in case you don't want other users to see everyone else you're friends with. You can hide your Friends list from the general public, from specific friends, or from everyone.

Instructions in this article apply to Facebook.com and the Facebook mobile app for iOS and Android.

How to Hide Your Facebook Friends List

To customize your Facebook privacy settings for your Friends list on Facebook.com:

  1. Log in to Facebook.com and select the down arrow in the upper-right corner, then select Settings from the dropdown list.

    Down arrow and Settings on Facebook homepage
  2. Select Privacy in the left menu.

    Privacy in Facebook Settings
  3. Look for Who can see your friends list? in the How People Find and Contact You section and select the Edit link to the right of it.

    Edit in Facebook settings
  4. Select the dropdown menu to choose your new privacy setting.

    Who can see your friends list options on Facebook

    If you have set up any custom Friends lists on Facebook, select See All to choose a custom list.

  5. To see how your profile looks to a public user (someone who's not your friend), navigate to your profile and select the three dots in the bottom-right of your cover photo, then select View As.

    View As on Facebook profile page

If you don't want your profile to show up in public searches, it's possible to block people from searching for you on Facebook entirely.

How to Hide Your Friends List on the Facebook App

The steps for changing your Friends list settings on the mobile app are very similar:

  1. Tap the menu icon.

  2. Tap Settings & Privacy.

  3. Tap Settings.

    Menu icon, Settings & Privacy, and Settings in the Facebook app
  4. Tap Privacy.

  5. Scroll down to the How People Find and Contact You section and tap Who can see your friends list?

  6. Tap the circle beside the new privacy setting you want.

    Privacy Settings, Who can see your friend's list, and Checkmark icon in the Facebook app

    If you have set up any custom Friends lists on Facebook, select See All to choose a custom list.

What Happens When You Hide Facebook Friends?

If you decide to set your Friends list visibility to just yourself (Only me), both friends and non-friends will still be able to see mutual friends you may have under the Friends section on your profile. Only mutual friends will be shown; the rest will be hidden